Orders or Judgments of the
Probate and Family Court are often enforced by
means of a Complaint for Contempt, although most
problems with respect to compliance are worked
through without a separate lawsuit. If legal action
is necessary, the process for enforcing domestic
relations orders in Massachusetts is quite simple
and usually takes only a matter of a few weeks.
After a Complaint is filed, the Court issues
a Contempt Summons which establishes the date
of the hearing. The Summons may be served by delivering
a copy of the Summons and Complaint to the defendant
personally or by delivering and mailing the copies
to the last known address.
In accordance with rules established by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
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